tur·​bo·​jet | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌjet How to pronounce turbojet (audio) \

Definition of turbojet

1 : an airplane powered by turbojet engines

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This means the ramjet can activate only after some other engine—in this case a turbojet—accelerates the vehicle to a high speed forcing air into the ramjet’s air inlet. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Ukraine Is Building a Spaceplane for...Saudi Arabia?," 14 Mar. 2018 At the core of a turbofan is a turbojet, which compresses and heats air to push it through turbines and out the back of the engine for thrust. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How a cracked fan blade (probably) ended a decade of no US air travel fatalities," 18 Apr. 2018 Concerns over the sonic boom first arose with the introduction of the Concorde – the infamous British-French passenger turbojet that could hit a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Supersonic planes could make big comeback with quieter, 'low-boom' NASA aircraft," 5 Apr. 2018 But in 1951, the state-of-the-art turbojet was the J47-GE engine used by the B-47 strategic bomber, which generated about 7.2 megawatts at maximum power and 5,200 pounds (23kN) of thrust. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 The plane would need to transition back to to the turbojet to slow down and land. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, ""Son of Blackbird": Boeing Reveals Hypersonic Concept That Could Replace SR-71," 12 Jan. 2018 To bridge the gap, Aerojet Rocketdyne will need to both increase the maximum operational speed of the turbojet and decrease the minimum operational speed of a ramjet. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Picks Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Hypersonic Jet Engine," 10 Oct. 2017 F-14s were equipped with two huge General Electric F110 afterburning turbofan engines, while the older F-4s had two General Electric J79 turbojets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Who Dumped These Fighter Planes in the Middle of Nowhere?," 3 Apr. 2017 The 20,000-pound turbojet that GE is testing at its proving ground in Ohio draws air faster, at greater volume, and with superior efficiency than the former top dog, the GE90-115B. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The World’s Hugest Jet Engine Is Wider Than a 737’s Fuselage," 28 Apr. 2016

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1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of turbojet

: an airplane that has a turbojet engine

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